By Christine Darg
Modern-day heroes are like the Jewish Maccabees of our time. Space does not allow me to extoll the virtues of all the brave pioneers who re-conquered the Holy Land and gained God’s promise of restoration. To echo Hebrews 11:34, “they became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.”
The extraordinary events that led to the re-birth of Israel involved no coincidences. God has orchestrated history to bring us to this hour. Jesus also prophesied that the generation that sees the blossoming of the fig tree— the nation of Israel— will also see His return! [Mark 13: 28; Matthew 24: 32]
Following is a prophetic word that I received from the LORD summarizing Israel’s great restoration of which our generation is privileged to play an ongoing vital role. . . .
In the beginning of the end, the LORD God remembered his words through the prophet Hosea, “After two days I will revive them and on the third day I will raise them up, that they may live in My sight.” For truly as one day is as a thousand years with the LORD [Psalm 90: 4], so Israel was scattered for two days. . . .
But as surely as the sun rises, I will appear, says the LORD. I will come to you like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. It is not only for your sakes, O Israel, that I am restoring you, it is for the sake of My holy name. For I am a covenant-keeping God. And I made an everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give this land to their descendants. I do not break covenant for I, the LORD, made an everlasting covenant with the house of Israel, and at this time, the world will see that I have kept faith with My People.
Although I scattered them to the nations, yet I have never forgotten them—they are engraved on the palms of My hands— and I will restore them with all My heart and with all My soul. [Isaiah 49: 16; Jeremiah 32: 41] O, My people, did I not promise through My prophet Ezekiel that I would open your graves and resurrect you out of the horrors of the Holocaust and the perils of the pogroms? Have I not done miracles of resurrection in My Land?
As in the days of the Bible I, the LORD, put My hand upon men; I chose Theodor Herzl and gave him vision for the Third Commonwealth of Israel. And although many places and names were put forward, My sovereign will prevailed and the resurrected nation in My Land bears its biblical name— Eretz Israel— with My menorah as its national emblem.
Behold, when I look upon the region, what do I, the LORD, see? I see Egypt My People, Assyria, the ongoing work of My hands, and Israel, My inheritance, to become a blessing in the midst of the earth. [Isaiah 19: 25] I see a highway of holiness, for My house shall be called a House of Prayer for all nations, and thus the law shall go forth from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem when I restore the kingdom to Israel at this time.
I, the LORD, have sent out many fishers and hunters to bring home My people. I sent Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Joseph Trumpeldor to warn My people to come home, and many returned, wave upon wave. By the sweat of their brows they drained swamps and redeemed the land that for centuries had been denuded. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda heard My trumpet call to restore the Hebrew tongue of the prophets. From My evangelical lions in Britain, I put My hand upon men who fulfilled the words of My prophets. My Evangelicals fanned the vision of restoration, even My champion, William Hechler, was My strong shadow figure behind Jewish aspirations in the Holy Land. He held up the arms of Herzl. I also brought My people to Switzerland, and there they remembered Zion and laid the foundation for the New Old Land.
Says the LORD, I put within the hearts of My evangelical pioneers the duty of every believer to esteem My ancient people to whom every Bible believer is indebted, for they preserved My holy Scriptures and the Saviour’s lineage. Without prejudice, My servant Hechler rightly observed from Scripture that the Jewish people would first return to the Land of Promise, and only after settled in their own land will I pour out of my Spirit upon them once again.
By faith Herzl was commissioned by My Messiah as were Balfour, Palmerston, Shaftebury, Allenby, and My warriors Wingate and Patterson, who all by faith helped to prepare the modern state. Their allegiance to the risen Lord imparted courage and vision to call for the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland. My hand was upon My lion Ben-Gurion and my handmaiden Golda . . . and the miracle of Independence was written on a scroll acknowledging the Rock of Israel. Yea, it was the Rock who followed My people in the wilderness, the Rock that poured forth living water– and that Rock was Messiah. [1Corinthians 10:4]
Even now I, the LORD, have raised up many bridge builders among the peoples of the Book to repair the breach and return the baton of salvation to Israel. The world will see My unwavering faithfulness, for there is still a place for Israel in My plan, says the LORD, and My plan is unfolding before your eyes when the kingdom will be restored to Israel. Then shall My people know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the nations: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and neither will I hide My face from them any more: for I will pour out My Spirit upon the house of Israel, says the LORD. [Ezekiel 39: 28-29]
Amen and amen!